Lecture Larry Appelbaum: “Jews in Jazz”
Jazz is not a purely African American musical phenomenon. It arose through the interaction of black and white musicians, particularly Jews, Italians, and Irish, who them felt a need to break out of their wretched social environment. Jewish protagonists have been present in all types of jazz: ragtime, swing, bebop, jazz rock, mainstream and avant-garde. Apart from big band leaders like Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, or Buddy Rich, there are soloists like Stan Getz, Lee Konitz, Michael Brecker, John Zorn, and David Krakauer.
Larry Appelbaum will talk (in English) about the life and work of major Jewish jazz musicians with many musical examples as illustration. Afterwards there will be a podium discussion and questions from the audience.
Larry Appelbaum is the jazz specialist in the Music Division of the Library of Congress, the largest library in the world. In the last few years he has enlarged the collection through legacies and collections devoted to Max Roach, Ella Fitzgerald, Charles Mingus, Gerry Mulligan, Billy Taylor, Dexter Gordon, and many others. He worked before this in the Library’s tape recording conservation laboratory, where he processed all kinds of classical, jazz, and folk recordings for commercial release. He has published many articles on his subject and is a regular contributor to JazzTimes and other magazines throughout the world. He curates a film series and for many years has presented a jazz program on WPFW-FM in Washington, D.C.
Participants in the podium discussion:
Marcus Ratka, musician and composer, managing director of JAM MUSIC LAB – Conservatory for Jazz und Popular Music
Werner Rosenberger, since 1994 member of the culture desk of Der Kurier newspaper and jazz journalist
Moderation, Alfred Stalzer, curator of “Stars of David”
The talk and podium discussion will be in English.
An event in connection with the exhibition Stars of David – The Sound of the 20th Century, which can be seen until October 2, 2016, at the Jewish Museum Vienna.
Free admission from 6.15 pm